I know, I know… January is almost over but I wanted to kick this series off as soon as I finalised designing my own blog planner. In this blog post, I mentioned that I’m resolving to be more organised this year. And since blogging is pretty much my life, there’s no better place to start with that than here on Pink Peonies. Whether you have a full-time job (you blog as a hobby) or you’re a full-time blogger, pre-scheduling posts is extremely important. Towards the end of last year when things really started getting busy on the blogging front, I searched the internet high and low for the perfect blog planning printables. I found a couple of pretty ones on Etsy, which would have cost me between R100,00 and R500,00 (and that excludes the cost of printing). I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I created and designed my own. And then I thought: Why not share it with my fellow bloggers? I think it’s important for bloggers to support each other, and this is a small way for me to help you out.
There are A LOT of free blog planners out there on the internet that are much more detailed than mine. For example Shell Shocked Mummy created this fab 50-page blog planner (printed it would be 200 pages) that takes everything you can think of into account i.e. analytics tracker, password keeper, goals pages etc.
The most important thing for me when I started designing my 2-page per week blog planner, was to keep it short and user-friendly. I don’t want to have to write a whole lot of things down because it takes up unnecessary time (and my handwriting sucks), so I made use of tick boxes and only included the most important information.
I know blog planning might not be for everyone, each blogger has their own way of doing things BUT one thing that I have learned these past 3 years of blogging is that preparation and organisation is key. It takes away a lot of stress and anxiety, and makes you feel like you’re on top of things.
This is very much a work in progress and I would really appreciate it so much if you could give me suggestions on how I can update the blog planner to suit all bloggers’ needs. And that’s why I’m making this a monthly download, because we might decide to include other information 3 months or 6 months down the line. I’m also going to have fun with colours & special designs per month – maybe something cute for February (Valentine’s Day) and something egg-ceptional for April (Easter). Keep in mind, though, I want to make the planner as generic as possible (suitable for bloggers who are working with brands on sponsored content and bloggers who are just starting out). Anyone can use this planner – it’s not specific to beauty bloggers, or lifestyle bloggers or foodie bloggers.
You’ll also see the title of each block says “Today’s Post” and not “Today’s Blog Post”. I did this because most of us don’t blog every single day BUT sometimes we upload an important blog-related image on Instagram or Facebook (which will then count as your post for the day). I also included a small section on page 2 for bloggers who also film YouTube videos – just a little checklist to ensure everything is filmed for the video.
If you love fun fonts and happy colours – then I’m sure you’ll love this monthly freebie. Here’s how it’s going to work:
♥ Each monthly blog planner will be downloadable in PDF format.
♥ I will post the new blog planner for the coming month on the last Friday of each month, that will give you some time to plan your blog posts for the days / weeks ahead.
♥ The blog planner doesn’t feature any dates, only days (I find it’s easier to work with that way) and I haven’t included Saturday and Sunday because I personally don’t post on Saturdays or Sundays. BUT if you want me to include a weekend section, then let me know but bear in mind it might add another page to the weekly kit.
♥ Each monthly blog planner will contain 8 pages – Week 1 to Week 4 with 2 pages per week.
♥ On some occasions the month might start on a Friday, in which case it will still be part of the previous month’s kit (Week 4). I don’t even know if that makes sense…?
Top Tip: If you print the monthly blog planner front and back, you’ll save paper and you’ll only have 4 pages to work with for the whole month. I personally prefer it that way because I love trees.
You can download Week 4 of January 2016 HERE.
Important: Please be respectful of copyrights. I really do LOVE when you share my content, so feel free to link to this post, pin, and share on Facebook and Twitter. There are ‘share’ buttons at the bottom of the blog post – quick & easy! But please do not upload the actual planner PDF to your blog or social media platforms.
Feedback, please: I’m very open to creating more planning pages, and will include them in a separate download in case anyone isn’t interested in downloading a full kit. For example I can create a 1-pager called ‘Blog Brainstorm’ (or something like that) which will be a monthly view (30 or 31 days / blocks). You can start by filling in the public holidays first and then brainstorm blog post ideas for the month ahead. You can then add in brand deadlines, blogging events, and collaboration dates. I think it might be a good idea, as it will be a great quick overlook of the month ahead. But the main idea is to keep this planner short & sweet.
Give me your ideas in the comments section below, and also let me know if this is even something you would use. If it’s not really something that most bloggers are interested in, then I’ll slowly back away and we’ll pretend this never happened.
To recap, I will post 1 blog post towards the end of the month (last Friday of each month) that will contain the blog planner pages for Week 1 to Week 4. That means February’s blog planner will be up next week Friday (29th January 2016).
P.S. I’m working on my next Blogging Tips blog post, it should be up in the next week or two!
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!